England’s Puddingstone Distillery – the maker of Campfire Gin – has employed an unusual and highly sophisticated distilling technique for its newest release.
The Ultrasonic gin is made using an ultrasound distilling method, inspired by the bats who make their home in the British countryside. It was created as part of the distillery’s partnership with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, which is now in its fourth year.
Producing the gin involves a two-stage process: first, the botanicals are macerated in alcohol while being subjected to ultrasonic frequencies, which assist in the release of aromatic oils; second, the alcohol, botanicals and extracted oils undergo a slow pot still distillation.
Puddingstone says the resulting gin has an earthiness from juniper, sweetness from elderflower and roasted barley, and freshness from apple and mint.
For each bottle of Ultrasonic gin sold, Puddingstone Distillery will donate £2 to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to support its work protecting bats and other wildlife species across Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
Ben Marston, co-founder and co-director of Puddingstone Distillery with wife Kate, said: “From day one our ethos was to produce gins of an exceptional nature with a mindfulness of community and environment. Working with the HMWT allows us to fulfil part of this promise with tangible results to the rural environment that surrounds us.
“It’s also fair to say that discussions with the HMWT surrounding the nature of the gin have pushed creative boundaries which is why we are delighted to continue with the partnership.”
Emma Norrington, HMWT’s head of fundraising and communications, added: “This exciting new gin is the perfect way to capture the beauty of our countryside, highlight the amazing natural techniques of our bats and the work we do, and need to do, for their conservation.”
Puddingstone Distillery’s Ultrasonic gin can be bought at puddingstonedistillery.com.